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You may have noticed certain details about this year’s rookie class.

Many of these have an impact on teams that are currently in the playoffs.

You know the names. Callen Addison. Matty Benniers. Wyatt Johnston. Pyotr Kochetkov. Cole Perfetti. Logan Thompson. They also did more than help their teams. Each of them has a case for why they continue to compete for the Calder Trophy.

But they are not the only ones to consider. Owen Power continues to help his side edge closer to the wild cards, while Mason McTavish remains close to the top of the points race, despite the team destined for the draw.

Which of those options is currently #1?

Statistics: 42 GP |: 17 C |: 19 A |: 36 p
Previous rating. Number 1:

Why is he here? Benniers was expected to be Calder’s challenger, and he lives up to those expectations. As of January 15, he led all rookies in goals (17), points (36), doubles (29) and game-winning goals (3). He also bounced back from a 12-game stretch in which he scored just five points in December to go with 11 points in eight games before the start of January.

Going forward. The Krakens keep winning and appear to be a legitimate playoff contender. Beniers has emerged as one of their most important players as a top-six, two-way center. He is one point shy of the team lead, ranks second in goals and will represent the Kraken in the NHL All-Star Game.


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